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O'Brien: Maguire was not pushed out over Russia briefing


Added 02-23-20 08:57:03am EST - “White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien in an interview broadcast on Sunday denied that former acting director of national intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire was dismissed because one of his appointees briefed the House…” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “O'Brien: Maguire was not pushed out over Russia briefing”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien in an interview broadcast on Sunday denied that former acting director of national intelligence (DNI) Joseph MaguireJoseph MaguireEx-CIA chief calls Trump intel shakeup a 'virtual decapitation' of the intelligence community Trump's new intel chief makes immediate changes, ousts top official Hillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter split on Bloomberg video | Sanders briefed on Russian efforts to help campaign | Barr to meet with Republicans ahead of surveillance fight MORE was dismissed because one of his appointees briefed the House Intelligence Committee on Russian efforts to interfere in the 2020 election.

Asked by CBS’s Margaret Brennan on "Face the Nation" if he was “100 percent sure it had nothing to do with this congressional briefing,” O’Brien responded: “First of all, Joe Maguire wasn’t pushed out… he was serving under the Vacancy Act. He was acting, and his term, I believe, was ending March 11 or March 2, like two weeks from now.”

“We’re looking for a nominee that can be a terrific candidate, who can be nominated for this position. We needed someone who was Senate-confirmed, who could serve in the meantime,” O’Brien added.

WATCH: NSA Robert O'Brien says that Joseph Maguire, former acting director of national intelligence, was not pushed out following a congressional briefing on Russian efforts to influence the 2020 election. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for him, as does the president" pic.twitter.com/6Cr6tLgqYe

The White House has tapped U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as the new acting DNI and has said the former ambassador, who is unlikely to achieve Senate confirmation, will not serve in the role long-term.

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